Monday, December 29, 2014

Local Food Launchpad will help you develop your local food project (starting Feb 24 - City of Melbourne) #fairfood

Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is healthy, sustainable, resilient and fair.

A thriving local food economy is not only good for business, it’s also good for people and planet. Growing, exchanging, eating and sharing local food connects local people to each other, to their health and wellbeing and the land, creating shared value financially, socially and environmentally. We believe that connected networks of thriving local food systems not only provides a solid foundation for Melbourne’s future, but also for the future of all Australians.


Doing Something Good (DSG) are working with City of Melbourne, the Food Alliance and Open Food Network to support the development of individuals, communities and organisations working toward a thriving local food economy for Melbourne and it’s surrounds. Over the last year DSG have been running a series of events as a program for those interested in making a better food future. We’ve designed this Local Food Launchpad program as a platform for building shared understanding of key issues, challenges and opportunities, and to grow our collective capability to work together and make change.

Following on from the EcoCity Food Forum in 2013, the Going Local Forum in February, and the Big Ideas Jam in June, we are very pleased to announce that we will be running a series of Concept Development Labs in February and March 2015 to develop concepts for campaigns, products, services, events, programs and other initiatives that will contribute to a thriving local food economy for Melbourne.

More information here


Do you have an idea that you believe will contribute to:

  • increasing food production within the City of Melbourne, or
  • increasing the opportunities for city residents and visitors to purchase local and regionally-produced food?
  • If so, we invite you to join us for this series of Concept Development Labs starting on Tuesday 24 February. 

We invite growers, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organisations, food retailers, social enterprises, distributors, design and technology professionals, schools, caf├ęs, restaurants and catering services, and other passionate and innovative community members that have a big idea for a better food system or would like to help make somebody else’s idea happen.


We’ll be running a series of six sessions over six consecutive weeks, with five Concept Development Labs and a Pitch Night in week six. The program has been designed to get you and your idea to a stage where you have developed a solid project plan and are ready to:

  • launch you project
  • go for funding for your project
  • build a team or find partners for your project, or
  • scale up your project.

Over the first five weeks we will work with you to complete a Business Model Canvas, grow your understanding of key issues, challenges and opportunities, and learn and apply the principles of design thinking, Lean Startup, strategic communications and community building to shape good ideas. You will also be provided with tools, templates and information resources to help you develop your local food concept, or any other project you may be working on now or in the future.

Deakin University
Level 3
550 Bourke St

More information here

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saxon St Garden Launch and Planting Party - Thursday December 4th

We are super excited to say the Saxon st Garden has now been built, and all community members are invited to the launch and planting party this Thursday from 5:30pm.

This latest garden by 3000acres, in collaboration with the Moreland City Council, is a new shared community hub and food garden at 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick. On the site of a now vacant primary school, 30 wicking beds were constructed last weekend from repurposed industrial plastic containers with the help of over a dozen local volunteers, and are now ready and waiting for planting. We have a good bunch of donated seedlings from some generous local providers, but as we have 30 beds to fill we are still searching for more, so any excess seedlings that community members may have to contribute will be so very appreciated.

The garden will be properly launched this Thursday December 4th from 5:30pm. There will be a BBQ, cider from our friends at Faire Ferments Cider Co-op, and an opportunity for people to get their hands dirty and help plant out the garden beds. All are welcome to come and celebrate this great new edible space in Brunswick.

Cheers, 3000acres

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